TELEVISED SHOW!

The Mayor's annual tree-lighting event will be on TV this year rather than in person.  Watch KY3 from 7-8 p.m., November 21 to catch the fun!

SELFIES WITH SANTA!

Watch out, don't cry, and don't pout. Why? Because you will STILL be able to see Santa this year and get a selfie with him, drive-in style!

SEE LOCAL TALENT!

Through collaboration with the Ozarks Performing Arts League (OPAL), you'll enjoy great performances from our talented local artists!

FREE ICE SKATING

Enjoy FREE ice skating at Jordan Valley Ice Park and holiday lighting at Jordan Valley Park. Admission is free; $3 skate rental or bring your own. See the calendar for free sessions.

WINDOWS ON THE SQUARE

The History Museum on the Square’s outdoor (and free) Christmas Windows on the Square exhibit will be joined this year by a vintage holiday exhibit, Once Upon a Christmas Past, an exhibit inside the Voices of History Gallery showcasing Christmas decorations and related items from the 1850s through the 1960s.

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY

Local merchants need our support this year more than ever. Consider shopping local on Nov. 28 - Small Business Saturday - and help out the Springfield businesses you know and love.


Each year, Springfield Mayor Ken McClure is honored to kick off the holiday season by officially lighting the “Mayor’s Tree” in Park Central Square. This tradition has grown tremendously over the past few years, morphing from primarily a children’s event to one which captures the attention of the entire community and draws spectators from around the region.

In recent years, the event has become an entertaining showcase of performing artists, bringing cultural institutions like Springfield Ballet, and Springfield Little Theatre, to a whole new generation of Springfieldians who may not have access to experience the joy of the arts. This year, we're bringing the show to YOU to enjoy right in your home.

2020: Exciting & Different

The City of Springfield is partnering with the newly formed Ozarks Performing Arts League, (OPAL) a consortium of performing arts organizations (comprised of Springfield Little Theatre, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera and the Springfield Regional Arts Council) to produce and televise a phenomenal holiday show in the tradition of Springfield’s impressive and deep entertainment roots.

The show will culminate with the live tree lighting by the mayor who will flip the switch from high above Park Central Square.

The Mayor’s Tree Lighting is only the beginning! It's the annual kickoff to the Festival of Lights - which includes a new take on the Christmas Parade - all coordinated by the Downtown Springfield Association and Downtown Community Improvement District.

The show is produced in conjunction with OPAL, Hotel Vandivort, Systematic Savings Bank and the City of Springfield.

Featured Performers

  • Springfield Ballet
  • Springfield Little Theatre
  • Springfield Regional Opera
  • Springfield Symphony
  • Studio Vie dancers
  • Grupo Latino dancers
  • Vocalists Emalee Flatness and Matthew Hutchemann
  • Vocalist Jessie Cowen
  • Multi-instrumentalist Jin J X
  • Jazz guitarist/vocalist Shaun Munday

Highlights

  • Mayor Ken McClure is asking everyone, including area churches, to ring bells at 7:55 p.m. on Nov. 21 when the lights come on in Park Central Square.

The Mayor's Tree tree was installed on Park Central Square by City of Springfield Public Works staff on November 17.

santa and mrs clause sitting together on a bench

map to see santa

Selfies with Santa

8:00-9:30 p.m.

Families are invited to take drive-through “Selfies with Santa” from their vehicles following the tree lighting. The Mayor’s Commission for Children are again paying for copies of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to those who drive through to take a selfie with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Systematic Savings Bank employees will hand the books out through the bank window for contactless delivery. A similar method will be used with Buddy the Elf distributing candy canes, via a chute.

Directions to Find Santa

Start on South Avenue, proceed through the Systematic Savings Bank drive through (318 South Ave.). Turn north (L) for a short distance on Robberson Ave. to find Santa and Mrs. Claus on your left at the entrance to Hotel Vandivort's new extension, facing the parking lot. There will be a toy drop to benefit Habitat for Humanity on Robberson Ave. just past Santa.

About OPAL

Ozarks Performing Arts League (OPAL) is a consortium of performing arts organizations comprised of Springfield Little Theatre, Springfield Ballet, Springfield Regional Opera and the Springfield Regional Arts Council.

OPAL is seeking lifesaving financial support to shore up our local arts organizations and their vital economic and cultural role in our region. Your sponsorship will give our city a much-needed opportunity to celebrate.

Your gift will ensure the long-term health of the performing arts in Springfield. Specifically, your support will help:

  1. Offset revenue losses caused by COVID-19.
  2. Maintain ongoing business operations.
  3. Adapt and present performance content as the pandemic continues.
  4. Plan and market our own re-opening when the public health situation allows us to gather once again.

Donations to help cover event expenses are welcomed. Funds will be held at the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and distributed equally to the four members of OPAL: Springfield Ballet, Springfield Little Theatre and Springfield Regional Opera.

Contact

Need info? Want to join the fun?
Contact Event Director Cora Scott:
417-380-3352 | Email

Hosted by:

Mayor Ken McClure and the City of Springfield

city of springfield